In some schools of Buddhism
, '''''bardo''''' (Classical Tibetan|Tibetan
བར་དོ་ Wylie: ''bar do'') or '''''antarabhāva''''' (Sanskrit
) is an intermediate, transitional, or liminal state between death and Rebirth (Buddhism)|rebirth
. It is a concept which arose soon after the Buddha's passing, with a number of earlier Buddhist groups accepting the existence of such an intermediate state, while other schools rejected it. In Tibetan Buddhism
, ''bardo'' is the central theme of the ''Bardo Thodol
'' (''lit.'' ''Liberation Through Hearing During the Intermediate State''), the ''Tibetan Book of the Dead''.
Used loosely, "bardo" is the state of existence intermediate between two lives on earth. According to Tibet
an tradition, after death and before one's next birth, when one's consciousness is not connected with a physical body, one experiences a variety of phenomena. These usually follow a particular sequence of degeneration...